NORTH POINT, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County police say they seized $1.5 million in counterfeit shoes, clothing, movies and other goods during a raid on a North Point flea market.

Police say the counterfeit merchandise was seized while executing multiple search warrants last month. Charges are pending against 19 individuals following the raid in which detectives seized more than 4,000 pairs of shoes and more than 3,500 counterfeit phone accessories.

Investigators say counterfeit goods are not subjected to the same safety standards as legitimate merchandise and may contain toxic substances. And counterfeit goods harm companies that have invested in the development of their legitimate products.

Police say in addition to films and music, counterfeit brands included Nike, Apple, Timberland and North Face. Investigators say detectives worked with recording and film industry officials on the investigation.
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